20+ Dairy-Free Keto Recipes

In this roundup, you’ll find over twenty delicious, dairy-free keto recipes including breakfast, lunch, dinners, snacks and desserts. All of these keto recipes are also gluten-free and paleo-friendly, and many are Whole30. 

Dairy-free Keto recipes with breakfast, mains and dessert options (also gluten-free)

With therapeutic benefits for health and impressive weight loss effects, it’s no surprise the ketogenic diet has gained so much traction. In comparison to the regular paleo diet, the ketogenic diet really cuts down on carbohydrates, training the body to burn fat for fuel instead of reaching into the glycogen stores.

Unfortunately for us paleo eaters, cutting the carbs further may be easier said than done. Many available keto recipes focus a lot on dairy (cream and cheese) to meet the required calories and fat/protein macros. When coming from a good source, dairy can be extremely healthful and beneficial. However, some of us just don’t tolerate it well or don’t want to rely on it very heavily to complete a meal.

That’s why I’ve decided to come up with this list of dairy-free keto recipes. I’ll focus on high-fat, moderate-protein and low-carb dishes for breakfast, mains and desserts. All of these are also gluten-free. Let’s get to it!

Dairy-Free Keto Breakfast Options

1. Overnight Matcha Chia Bowl

Dairy-free keto recipes: matcha breakfast bowl

Many smoothie bowls are pretty high-carb, and oatmeal is out of the question. Don’t give up on the possibility of a sweet breakfast though. Chia porridge is the perfect in-between option with tons of healthy fats, a boost of protein and a good bit of energy from the added matcha. This is a great way to squeeze in some superfoods, micronutrients and antioxidants. Recipe from Gnom Gnom.

2. Low-Carb Cauliflower Hash Browns

Cauliflower Hash Browns (Paleo, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Nut-free)

Cauliflower is one of the most versatile vegetables. You can use it to make low-carb, grain-free variations of pizza, fried ricecouscous and even cauliflower bread. So, naturally, I thought I should try using cauliflower to make a low-carb, paleo version of hash browns. Enjoy them with avocado, eggs or smoked salmon for a perfect keto breakfast.

3. Zucchini Egg Scramble With Smoked Salmon

Zucchini egg scramble - dairy-free, keto recipe

Eggs scramble is a great keto option but it’s often not enough on its own. In this recipe, I stir-fried some zucchini and green onions (you can omit the white onions) and served them with oily smoked salmon. You can replace cherry tomatoes with avocado for more keto-friendly macros.

4. Keto Rocket Fuel Latte Milkshake

Dairy-free keto milk shake

If matcha isn’t your jam, this milkshake should do the trick. With a thick smoothie consistency, this ‘rocket fuel’ should keep you going for hours on end with a healthy dose of MCT oil, and of course, chocolate. Recipe from Healthful Pursuit.

5. Blueberry Keto Pancakes

Dairy-free keto pancakes

Pancakes are necessary to live your life to the fullest, at least sometimes. These low-carb flapjacks are made with coconut flour and eggs, making them rich with protein, fat and fibre for a very filling meal. Just sub out butter for ghee or coconut oil to keep it 100% paleo and use your favourite sugar-free syrup to keep it 100% keto. Recipe from Jennifer Banz.

Dairy-Free Keto Main Meals

6. Herb & Garlic Meatballs With Cauliflower Mash

Keto meals: cauli mash and meatballs

Meatballs and mash make an awesome, comforting meal with minimal effort. In place of potatoes, this recipe uses low-carb cauliflower. If you season it right, you will hardly notice the difference. Plus, the meatballs are packed with fresh herb and garlic flavour.

7. Coconut Yoghurt Chicken

Coconut Yoghurt Chicken - Paleo, Whole30, Keto

This succulent coconut yoghurt chicken is incredibly easy and requires only a handful of ingredients. It’s paleo, Whole30, keto and gluten-free friendly and can be served with a lovely salad, cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles.

8. Creamy Zucchini Pasta With Artichokes & Turkey

Raw Zucchini Paleo Pasta With Creamy Artichoke Sauce & Turkey

Many keto recipes use cream to add fat for satiation and to achieve the right macros but if you want to avoid all dairy yet still enjoy something rich and creamy, try this dish of zucchini noodles with creamy cashew-based sauce. Don’t worry, cashews in moderation are perfectly keto-friendly and while artichokes have a few carbs, they are very high in fibre, so the net carbs are still quite low. You can always replace with cooked broccoli instead.

9. Surf & Turf Salad With Creamy Mayo Dressing

Steak & Shrimp Salad (aka Surf & Turf Salad) - keto, dairy-free

Made with grilled steak, prawns and creamy garlic and caper dressing, this is a surf and turf inspired salad recipe you have to put in your meal plan. It’s Whole30, paleo and keto-friendly.

9. Whole Baked Trout With Herby Salsa Sauce

Whole Baked Trout With Herb Salsa & Lemon

Oily fish is the perfect keto food and this is a great recipe to use not only with a whole fish like trout but with salmon fillets, sardines or cod. That zingy herb and onion salsa can be spread on any fish fillets and baked to perfection. You can use less onion to cut down the carbs even further.

10. Spicy Beef & Cucumber Salad With Cashew Raita

Beef & cucumber salad

This salad is a favourite for something easy and affordable, using ground beef mixed with cool cucumber for a spin on the standard green salad. Topped off with mint and low-carb, dairy-free cashew raita, you’ll want to put this into the lunch rotation for weeks to come.

11. Sheet Pan Beef & Broccoli

Keto beef & broccoli bake
Sheet pan meals make eating dairy-free keto easy. This dish of beef and broccoli proves it. It’s often laden with sugar from Chinese restaurants, so make it at home with low-carb, real food ingredients and pair with cauliflower rice for a full meal. Recipe from Tasty Yummies.

12. Salmon & Avocado Nori Rolls

Keto Sushi Nori Rolls With Salmon & Avocado

I love sushi, which I have from time to time when eating out, but the reason I stock low-carb nori sheets in my pantry is that they are perfect for making a quick and easy lunch or a snack, and they are pretty nutritious too, containing impressive amounts of vitamin A, iodine, calcium, iron and even protein. Paired with fatty fish, avocado and mayo, these rolls should fit perfectly into your keto diet.

13. Mexican Cauliflower Fried Rice

Keto cauliflower fried rice (Whole30)

Simple fried rice is a quick and easy way to get dinner on the table. With cauliflower rice, it’s no less simple! This complete meal is packed with protein from ground meat and flavour from spices plus a chipotle ranch dip and delicious guac on top. Recipe from Paleo Running Momma.

14. Sheet Pan-Roasted Asparagus Chicken & Chorizo

Chicken chorizo asparagus sheet pan bake

Another sheet pan meal makes the list! This time, we’re doubling up on meat to properly balance out fat and protein for perfect keto macros with chicken and chorizo. Add some asparagus to the mix and you’ve got yourself a full meal – and it’s pretty hands-off.

15. Salmon & Green Vegetable Sheet Pan Bake

Green & Lean Salmon Sheet Pan Bake

This sheet pan meal ticks so many boxes: paleo, keto, AIP and Whole30 friendly, it’s a perfect meal for anyone doing my paleo program, it has loads of green veggies, it has omega-3s rich fish, it’s quick and easy, and most importantly, it’s full of flavour.

16. Low-carb Lo Mein

Keto meals: lo mein

This lo-mein takes the all-natural low-carb pasta route by using spaghetti squash which serves as both noodle and bowl in this delectable take on a Chinese cuisine classic. With shrimp, chicken and tons of veggies, the noodles are an afterthought anyway. The stringy squash will hold all of those awesome ingredients effortlessly. Recipe from I Breathe, I’m Hungry.

Dairy-Free Keto Desserts 

17. Keto St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

Keto butter cake recipe

This butter cake is a delicacy made with dairy-free condensed milk that lends its sweetness and richness to the recipe perfectly. Ooey, gooey buttery goodness is right at your fingertips with this recipe.

18. Low-Car 5-Ingredient Chocolate Cake

5-Ingredient Paleo Chocolate Cake (Nut-Free, Low-Carb)

This 5-ingredient chocolate cake consists of eggs, raw cacao powder, coconut oil, sweetener of choice (like xylitol or stevia), and mixed berries. That’s it! It is the simplest chocolate cake I have ever made and on top of being damn moist and delicious, it is nut-free (perfect for school lunch boxes), super low-carb and keto-friendly and can be served as a sliced cake or cut into brownies.

19. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Keto dairy-free peanut butter chocolate bites

With just four ingredients, these bars are increasingly heavenly with each and every bite. You can substitute peanut butter for another nut butter to keep them paleo – just make sure there isn’t any sugar added. Recipe from The Big Man’s World.

20. Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Keto chocolate chip cookies

Who doesn’t love a warm chocolate chip cookie? Dip this sucker in some fresh, cold almond milk for the best results and savour every bite! Perfect for kids, adults and for any occasion, this is the quintessential low-carb cookie. Recipe from Peace, Love & Low Carb.

You can have your low-carb and paleo at the same time! While it can be tough to find recipes, they are out there for each meal of the day. I hope you enjoy these ideas and consider keto even if you want to keep it dairy-free.

Irena Macri
By Irena Macri

About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I am a published cookbook author, have been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food. More about me here | Subscribe to my newsletter and freebies

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